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Me & The Universe

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Graphic novels and stories can be quite powerful, including this one; Creative, strong story-telling (feels like an outline to a Kurt Vonnegut novel, although fully self-contained).  DJK

Anders Nilsen - New York Times

Success doesn’t bring happiness. Happiness brings success.

A Harvard Study Reveals A Fun Way to be More Successful

Does Levi Strauss still fit America?

It used to be the only name in denim. Today the 161-year-old family owned company is just one name among hundreds. Can anyone bring the blue jeans pioneer back to its old glory? Enter Chip Bergh—a former P&G brand whiz who once made razorblades cool.

Chip Bergh is not an “apparel guy,” he says, while walking through Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The president and CEO of one of the most recognizable clothing companies in the world, Bergh still tries hard to look the part. In the 80-degree July heat, the lanky chief executive is wearing head-to-toe Levi’s: a $750 pair of custom jeans, a crisp, long-sleeved white Western shirt, and a gold trucker jacket embossed with a 49ers chest patch. Bergh, who was named chief of San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. in 2011, even matches the football stadium that surrounds him. Levi’s famous red tab label, visible on every piece of his clothing, is just one Pantone shade away from the 49ers …

Black Milk, ‘Sharkies’ and the Rise of a Fashion Fandom

Black Milk | Source: Courtesy
BRISBANE, Australia — Fandoms are communities that take root and grow around cultish aspects of pop culture. Think Potterheads (fans of Harry Potter), Trekkies (Star Trek followers), Bronies (male fans of My Little Pony) and Beliebers (Justin Bieber fangirls). But aside from cosplay and the occasional fandom-related t-shirt, these communities rarely intersect with the fashion industry. Until now. They call themselves ‘Sharkies’ and they worship at the altar of Black Milk, an Australian fashion brand specialising in shiny printed lycra.
Black Milk was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 2009. As the story goes, founder James Lillis, on a whim, decided to pawn his CD player for a sewing machine and taught himself how to sew, creating a line of acid-bright stretchy nylon leggings. After struggling to find stockists, Lillis decided to sell his product exclusively online, marketing them to the growing number of girls who discovered the leggings through his blog Too…

Best Buy Teams With Designers for Tech Accessories

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NEW YORK — A new line of tech accessories — designed by Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui and Isaac Mizrahi New York — will be sold exclusively at all Best Buy stores.

The collections, which include smartphone, tablet and laptop cases, will launch at and Best Buy stores on Oct. 5 and are available for pre-order, beginning today.

Here Comes Alibaba - Open Sesame

Painting by Maxfield Parrish (1909)
Ali Baba, according to Arabic and Greek legend, was a poor lumberjack who comes across a den of 40 thieves and a cave filled with their stolen treasures. The story is included in the anthology “One Thousand and One Nights.” Ali Baba overhears the secret words to access the cave, “Open Sesame.” After much bloodshed, including the dismemberment of Ali Baba’s brother and boiling 37 thieves in oil, Ali winds up the trove, all to himself.

Jack Ma, CEO of the Chinese company Alibaba has a more recent creation story. “One day I was in San Francisco in a coffee shop, and I was thinking Alibaba is a good name. I asked a waitress, "Do you know about Alibaba?" And she said yes, “as in the forty thieves”… Then I went onto the street and found 30 people and asked them, "Do you know Alibaba?" People from India, people from Germany, people from Tokyo and China … they all knew about Alibaba. Alibaba is a kind, smart business person, and it’s …

Stick These in Your Ears

Google, Microsoft, Nike, Apple, Amazon. Now Intel is the latest entrant in the wearable tech race.

Intel on Thursday evening launched the first product from its New Devices Group — Biosport, which are earbuds that monitor the wearer’s heart rate. The earbuds, a collaboration with 50 Cent and Carmelo Anthony’s firm, SMS Audio, will be sold at Henri Bendel, Kitson and Nordstrom, among other retailers. The retail price wasn’t revealed at press time.

7 Things I Learned in 7 Years

7 Things I Learned in 7 Years - Maria Popova

The Reinvention of the Entry-Level Suit

Right: Ludlow Suit Jacket, $425, and Pant, $225,; Shirt, $90,; Alexander Olch Tie, $150,; Sunglasses, $430, Oliver Peoples, 212-925-5400; Shoes, $385, Allen Edmonds, 212-262-4070; Briefcase, $1,795, Bally, 212-751-9082 
F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

TWO YEARS AGO, Collins Ward, 34, a principal at a Manhattan-based private-equity firm, was looking for a new charcoal-grey suit. Though his closet was stocked with $2,000-plus ensembles from Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna, Mr. Ward headed downtown to J. Crew, where he purchased a jacket ($425) and trousers ($225) from the brand's Ludlow line.

Randa Belts Circumnavigate the World

Fun Fact: Randa sells over 30 million belts each year. If you buckled them all together... you could circle the world. 

Really. DJK

You Need a Creation Myth - Garage Optional

You Need a Creation Myth – A Garage is Optional
A creation story is a powerful parable, a memorable metaphor, a road map, and often a moral compass for your company. Warning: Facts may get in the way of your story.

Randa Accessories named one of the best places to work

For the third year in a row, Randa Accessories has been named one of the best places to work in New Orleans. Congratulations to our NOLA managers.

The Value of A+ Teams

6 Essential Conditions for Creativity

How to Master the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions for Creativityby 
“Passion, like discriminating taste, grows on its use. You more likely act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take the shape of something more structured and systematic than metaphysical hunches — there’s Graham Wallace’s model of the four stages of the creative process from 1926, a five-step “technique for producing ideas” from 1939, Arthur Koestler’s famous “bisociation” theory of how creativity works from 1964, and a number of derivativemodernideas.

To Write Well is to Think Clearly

One day the Nouns were clustered in the street,
An Adjective walked by, with her dark beauty
The Nouns were struck, moved, changed.
The next day a Verb drove up, and created the Sentence.
 - "Permanently" by Kenneth Koch

Buy Less, Spend More

There are signs consumers are willing to spend more for fewer clothes of higher quality

Magic Spell Turns Marketing Into Revenues

This is a story about magic, in particular it is about alchemy: taking basic elements and changing them into gold.
So, it’s really a story about change.
As an alchemist, it is my job to transmute brands, products and marketing practices into profitable revenues.